The Stopped Heart

by Julie Myerson

On Sale: 03/21/2017

The Stopped Heart

by Julie Myerson

On Sale: 03/21/2017


About the Book

In this dark and mesmerizing novel, a grieving couple seeks refuge in a country cottage. But the cottage has its own history of tragedy. Are the chilling memories trapped within its walls becoming their new reality?

Suffolk, England: During a vicious storm, a redheaded stranger appears outside a farmer’s cottage. The family takes him in—but he has no intention of leaving.

One hundred and fifty years later, a devastating tragedy prompts Mary and her husband to start a new life in the countryside. They move into a small cottage, drawn to its beautiful, overgrown garden. The house has been empty for years, but it’s remote, quiet, different—exactly what they need. Then it begins: children whispering, footsteps, a young man with red hair wandering through the orchard. As the stranger insinuates himself deeper into the farmer’s family, and also into the affections of the eldest daughter, Mary’s own sense of unease grows. She feels the past and present intertwining ever more tightly, but is grief twisting her mind? Or is the cottage, haunted by the horrific events of more than a century ago, not quite the rural sanctuary it seems?

Critical Praise

“Bloody brilliant.” — Paula Hawkins, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Girl on the Train

“Beautifully written and cleverly told. . . . An extraordinarily potent experience and not one for the faint-hearted. . . . It’s the sort of book you cannot put down.” — The Guardian

“A heart-stopper: a luxuriously paced but utterly gripping tale. . . . Myerson layers her story like a dream.” — Metro (London)

“Increasingly gripping. . . . What Myerson writes about so well: that eerie sense when something is both familiar and unfamiliar.” — New York Times Book Review

“In this hair-raiser, Mary Coles moves to a country cottage that seems too good to be true. . .and it turns out, she’s right. Goose-bumps ensue.” — Cosmopolitan



Product Details

  • ISBN: 9781443444576
  • ISBN 10: 144344457X
  • Imprint: Harper Perennial
  • On Sale: 03/21/2017
  • Pages: 512
  • List Price:18.99 CAD
  • BISAC1 : FICTION / General

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